Posted in August 2012

Weekly Shiritori #35

Weekly Shiritori #35

Last week’s post was about Matsuri (まつり / 祭り), so this week I need to start with り (ri). A big thank you to japanaustralia for making a suggestion this week (even though it’s a tough one) – he suggested (リス / squirrel) and リトルワールド (Little World) a theme park in Aichi, which I visited … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #34

Weekly Shiritori #34

Last week’s post was about Daruma (だるま / 達磨), so this week I need to start with  ま (ma). A big thank you to everyone who joined in and made suggestions this week. New reader, fromthomas77b, suggested mamushi (まむし / a kind of Japanese snake), nice ideas from lovelycomplex22 – manga (漫画 / Japanese comics) and matsuri (祭り / festivals),  japanaustralia suggested matcha (抹茶 / … Continue reading

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

The current exhibition at the ICN gallery in London, ukiyo-e pop, showcases classic ukiyo-e (浮世絵 / Japanese woodblock prints) and modern art influenced by these traditional prints, which falls under the umbrella of  contemporary ‘Japonism‘. This exhibition is part two of a three-part series. Part 1 “What is Ukiyo-e?”  provided a good introduction to ukiyo-e, and this … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri in London – save the date!

Japan Matsuri in London – save the date!

Calling Japan lovers in the UK! The Japan Matsuri will be back this year on Saturday 6th October. This year’s Matsuri will be held at Trafalgar Square. Last year the Japan Matsuri was held at County Hall, which I wasn’t sure was a particularly good venue (I heard Spitalfields in 2010 was better). I’m not … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #33

Weekly Shiritori #33

Last week’s post was about Umeda (うめだ / 梅田), so this week I need to start with  だ (da). A big thank you to lovelycomplex22 for suggesting daruma (達磨) and japanaustralia for suggesting Dazaifu (太宰府) in Kyushu, dango (団子 / Japanese dumplings) and daibutsu (big Buddha statues) – which you know I love. I’ve written about daibutsu a lot before though, so this … Continue reading

Yo! Vote For Me!

Yo! Vote For Me!

Yo! Sushi is running a competition at the moment to win a trip to Japan. I managed to somehow get to the final stage of the contest, and now all I need is to get everyone to vote for my photo. The best thing is, you can vote once every day (if you want to), … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #32

Weekly Shiritori #32

Last week’s post was about Ise Jingu (いせじんぐう / 伊勢神宮), so this week I need to start with  う (u). A big thank you to japanaustralia for suggesting ukai (鵜飼 / cormorant fishing), which is a summer favourite in Gifu on the Nagaragawa, and unagi (うなぎ / eel) – a summer dish to help build energy levels to beat the … Continue reading